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Fibrocartilaginous embolization represents a rare cause of spinal cord infarction and the diagnosis is made by exclusion. It is based on non-specific clinical information, negative laboratory tests, absence of vascular risk factors, negative spinal tap and positive MRI signs of spinal cord ischemia and in many instances acute intervertebral disc injury at the level of myelopathy.






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Fibrocartilaginous Embolization - a Rare Cause of Spinal Cord Infarction: Case Report

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A case of fibrocartilaginous embolization in 24-year-old female as a rare cause of spinal cord infarction is presented. It manifests as infarction syndrome with rapid progression of clinical signs - acute onset of quadriparesis and respiratory insufficiency. Among imaging studies MRI is the most accurate as it readily capable of detection of myelopathy and acute intervertebral disc lesion. Other laboratory tests and imaging modalities are usually normal. The final diagnosis is made by exclusion.






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